Age: 17  Year Diagnosed: 2002  Location: Huntington Beach, Ca

"I'm getting to the point in my career as a diabetic where I really don't want to care anymore. I don't want to have this disease and I wish it would go away. But I know I have to live with it so until there's a cure I'm going to embrace it.

Never let anyone tell you that you are different. No matter how different you feel and no matter how left out you may think you become, there are so many people out there that are willing to be there for you and understand what you're going through. Never give up and keep fighting."